On August 16, Searchlight New Mexico published an article by Ed Williams on charter schools in New Mexico and quoted NewMexicoKidsCAN Executive Director Amanda Aragon:
“The re-engagement school model is awesome,” says Amanda Aragon, who worked as director of strategic outreach for the New Mexico Public Education Department before taking the helm of NewMexicoKidsCan, an education advocacy group. “But they have to be able to read and they have to be able to do math. And we need some evidence that they can struggle through the learning process.
“When I see schools with math or reading proficiency of less than 5 percent, I think that’s concerning, and I think employers would find that concerning.”